Sunday, December 09, 2012
There are three things that I have realized are contributing to a very bad quality of daily life for me. I can honestly say that I have been puzzled as to what's up with me, aside from the "normal" stress level of current challenges. I'm not operating on all cylinders, let's just leave it at that.
I'm very sensitive to certain things like caffeine. Even though I drink one small mug of coffee, I hate the way caffeine makes me feel. One of my goals has been to get off the stuff in the near future. Since I've blogged about that, I'll leave that topic until I actually start th detox process. (I want to do this once and for all.)
The other thing that affects me are EMF's. I stay away from using cell phones as it gives me a headache, and try to limit other electronics that emit stuff. However, about a year ago, the local utility company installed a "smart meter" that has really caused me a lot of trouble. But I'll blog about that in the near future.
The third thing is soy. Sure, I have researched and understood the controversary around it. And in the past, I've mainly stayed away from it. But about two months ago, when embarking on this low carb eating regimen (I've lost 11 lbs since Nov 1), I started ingesting a LOT of soy. Shakes, food, etc.
Man, I began feeling so brain-fogged and other negatives - for no apparent reason. Not depressed in the way I know depression feels, but still heavy and a bit dark. The other day I sat down and took a long look at what changed in the past two months and came up with soy.
Then I got on the internet and researched; I found some women's posts about how they experienced extreme depression and medical websites also listed this possible side effect from soy. You know, today is day 4 of no soy, and I feel different already. Might be placebo, and certainly not a miracle since I still have caffeine and smart meter to deal with, but hey, better is better.
No more soy for me. Wishing all a happy day.
Friday, December 07, 2012
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Fresh & Easy stores will probably be closing. Talk about a blow! It sounds silly to be upset over a seemingly silly thing like this, but this store has been one of the main reasons I've been able to eat so healthy at such reasonable prices.
I refuse to go back to the big chain stores with their high prices, preservative junk foods, and grouchy service. I'll explore the alternative markets, even though it'll mean traveling farther and planning for less frequent shopping.
Wishing all a good day.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I want to be done with caffeine once and for all. Even though my only intake is one small mug in the morning, I don't like the way I feel with it. I've tried to do this detox before. Many times. I've tried the weaning slowly thing, cold turkey, and everything in -between. I have herbal teas for substitution and all sorts of tricks to use.
However, the detox process for me is excruciating. I mean, not just days and days with that awful headache, but severe flu-like aches that last for a week or more. But no one else seems to go through such pains when getting off of caffeine, until I heard this story on the radio a few weeks ago.
A local radio talk show host and his crew were talking about the Monster drinks in the news and they were comparing how much and what they drink as they were all highly-caffeinated. The news lady said that she gave up caffeine in the past when she learned she was pregnant. And that she had such severe pains that she was actually in bed over a week. Her conclusion made everyone laugh, but she wasn't joking when she concluded that it turned out that the caffeine withdrawal was worse than labor pains!
So, I'm not looking forward to detoxing. And I have recently tried weaning less each day. Doesn't work for me. Guess I just have to dive in and get her done once and for all. Tomorrow. (smiling)
Wishing all a good day.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
And all I can say is a loud WOOOOOOHOOOOOO! vERY THRILLED!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
No matter what I did over the past few years, I just couldn't lose any more than the 30 that came off before arriving at SP. Of course, I have to add here that I was a lifelong brat in the sense of never have had a weight problem prior to about 6 years ago when lots of factors converged.
Okay, so I set a plan a for November, b for December and c for January. I plan to be at my goal weight by my birthday in February.
What I did in November was to restrict my carbs. I'd been going haywire with carbs, not counting fruit, veggies and other "healthy" carbs. About midway into this month, I read a SP friend's blog that she was doing similar after reading the book Metabolism Miracle. It outlines almost exactly what I'd been doing. It's a really helpful reference book for me.
NOW I'M SHOUTING WOOOOOHOOOOO - I've lost 9 lbs in November. Will be doing something different in December, but still low carbs. I also want to get rid of coffee once and for all, even though I only drink a small mugful in the morning.
I have 7 lbs to my goal weight, but have already decided that I may very well set it down again when I reach that. It's the weight I feel good at, not the weight that the charts say I should weigh. We'll see. It really depends what my body looks and feels like at that weight.
I'd like to let go of 4 in December, 4 in January, plus rid of caffeine forever.
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